'Fiendish good fun' ANTHONY HOROWITZ
If you want to get away with murder, play by the rules
A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.
The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled 'My Eight Favourite Murders,' and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list - which includes Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt's The Secret History.
Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?
'An ingenious game of cat-and-mouse' The Times
'Never less than enthralling' Daily Mail
'Tremendously enjoyable' Sunday Mirror
Peter Swanson's novels include The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, nominated for an LA Times book award, The Kind Worth Killing, a Richard and Judy pick and the iBooks store's thriller of the year in 2015, and, most recently, Before She Knew Him. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Fiendish good fun.
An ingenious game of cat-and-mouse between Kershaw and the feds, and between Peter Swanson and the reader . . . the excitement is cerebral.
A fiendishly good slice of crime fiction from Swanson, who goes from strength to strength. Layered and clever, Rules for Perfect Murders is is an ode to the genre of mystery writing.
Observer, Thrillers of the Month
Never less than enthralling, this urban nightmare is more than a match for the classic mysteries at the heart of the story.
Deftly plotted, frantically paced and brilliantly suspenseful, Rules for Perfect Murders is a supremely accomplished murder mystery, one which doffs its hat to classics from the genre while simultaneously pulling off new tricks . . .
hard not to remain rapt until the bitter end.
Hours of endless fun.
This smart and super stylish thriller is a tremendously enjoyable love letter to crime fiction.
Engagingly original. This [is a] multilayered mystery that brims with duplicity, betrayal and revenge - all bubbling slowly to the surface. Swanson has a bent for revenge and murder. Fans won't be disappointed.
A devilish premise combined with jaw dropping execution . Swanson hits every note in this homage to the old-school crime novel, and the turnabout ending will leave readers reeling in delight.
Booklist (starred review)
The pleasures of following, and trying to anticipate, a narrator who's constantly second- and third-guessing himself and everyone around him are authentic and intense . You wish the mounting complications, like a magician's showiest routine, could go on forever.
Kirkus (starred review)
Intelligent, twisty, stylish, startling. No matter how well you know someone, you can never fully know what's in their heart and mind. Eight Perfect Murders proves the point. Which is what makes it perfectly creepy.
New York Journal of Books
Outstanding... Classic whodunit fans will be in heaven.
Tightly plotted and packed full of delicious suspense with a character I fell head over heels in love with. Highly, highly recommended.
It is a dark story with various layers to be unravelled.
Not everything is as it seems and that is the joy of the book. If you want a crime thriller that's a little different, then this comes recommended.
My Reading Corner
An ode to the genre and a hymn to book love...
this book reunites the best of what crime has to offer. Murders, a strong intrigue, a sense of unreliability.... Peter Swanson's novel is a gift to the genre.
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